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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from tazam0827 in Preussen Clipper   
    I always find the hulls much more difficult and time-consuming than the rigging, but I don't have to make the rigging fold down, so that is a huge problem that I don't have to contend with.   Here are two shots of my Preussen.     One is low angle, showing the shape of the counter stern - it took me ages to develop a good method of making counters.    The other image is complete, and all ready for the sea.
    Bob
     


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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Bernard Kelly in Small scale sailing ship kits?   
    Models like the Sicily take only a few hours to buid.    Ones like the one pictured  take a little longer.    For anyone into Facebook, I have a group:
    Merchant Ships in Miniature - Link https://www.facebook.com/groups/1841532386133008
    Over 4,000 members, and very active, with both sail and steam, but merchant ships only -  Closed group, but one can apply to join.   Many techniques are supplied by members almost on a daily basis-

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Bernard Kelly in Small scale sailing ship kits?   
    Hello BrewerPaul
    I rarerly come here these days, because I am totally lacking in patience for things like ships in bottles, but do quite a lot of miniature work. As far as I know, there are no kits for miniatures, and this is about all that you will find written on the subject.
    https://payhip.com/b/T98k
    Scroll down a bit after it opens to read the synopsis. Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a button for Paypal or cards is provided for £1.49.
    Here is a Utube presentation of the build. This is as simple as they get, and very few hand tools are needed, especially if you use balsa wood.
    https://youtu.be/j5ESlw72qHY
    You will find some more of my builds here on Bottled Shipbuilder.
    https://www.bottledshipbuilder.com/topic/444-small-topsail-schooner/
    These models do not cost much to build, but they do require a bit of practice., but acceptable results are normally obtained on the first attempt as long as you can dismiss the thought "I could never do that!"
    There are no knots at all in the rigging, and special methods make it relatively simple.
    I have given up on most forums, but felt that you were quite keen to start miniatures.

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from JesseLee in Small scale sailing ship kits?   
    Models like the Sicily take only a few hours to buid.    Ones like the one pictured  take a little longer.    For anyone into Facebook, I have a group:
    Merchant Ships in Miniature - Link https://www.facebook.com/groups/1841532386133008
    Over 4,000 members, and very active, with both sail and steam, but merchant ships only -  Closed group, but one can apply to join.   Many techniques are supplied by members almost on a daily basis-

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from JesseLee in Small scale sailing ship kits?   
    Hello BrewerPaul
    I rarerly come here these days, because I am totally lacking in patience for things like ships in bottles, but do quite a lot of miniature work. As far as I know, there are no kits for miniatures, and this is about all that you will find written on the subject.
    https://payhip.com/b/T98k
    Scroll down a bit after it opens to read the synopsis. Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a button for Paypal or cards is provided for £1.49.
    Here is a Utube presentation of the build. This is as simple as they get, and very few hand tools are needed, especially if you use balsa wood.
    https://youtu.be/j5ESlw72qHY
    You will find some more of my builds here on Bottled Shipbuilder.
    https://www.bottledshipbuilder.com/topic/444-small-topsail-schooner/
    These models do not cost much to build, but they do require a bit of practice., but acceptable results are normally obtained on the first attempt as long as you can dismiss the thought "I could never do that!"
    There are no knots at all in the rigging, and special methods make it relatively simple.
    I have given up on most forums, but felt that you were quite keen to start miniatures.

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from exwafoo in Small scale sailing ship kits?   
    Models like the Sicily take only a few hours to buid.    Ones like the one pictured  take a little longer.    For anyone into Facebook, I have a group:
    Merchant Ships in Miniature - Link https://www.facebook.com/groups/1841532386133008
    Over 4,000 members, and very active, with both sail and steam, but merchant ships only -  Closed group, but one can apply to join.   Many techniques are supplied by members almost on a daily basis-

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from exwafoo in Small scale sailing ship kits?   
    Hello BrewerPaul
    I rarerly come here these days, because I am totally lacking in patience for things like ships in bottles, but do quite a lot of miniature work. As far as I know, there are no kits for miniatures, and this is about all that you will find written on the subject.
    https://payhip.com/b/T98k
    Scroll down a bit after it opens to read the synopsis. Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a button for Paypal or cards is provided for £1.49.
    Here is a Utube presentation of the build. This is as simple as they get, and very few hand tools are needed, especially if you use balsa wood.
    https://youtu.be/j5ESlw72qHY
    You will find some more of my builds here on Bottled Shipbuilder.
    https://www.bottledshipbuilder.com/topic/444-small-topsail-schooner/
    These models do not cost much to build, but they do require a bit of practice., but acceptable results are normally obtained on the first attempt as long as you can dismiss the thought "I could never do that!"
    There are no knots at all in the rigging, and special methods make it relatively simple.
    I have given up on most forums, but felt that you were quite keen to start miniatures.

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from James w rogers in Preussen Clipper   
    I wouldn't even bother with trying to glaze portholes at that scale, no-one would notice anyway!      Extreme detailing simply extends the build into decades rather than years or months, and during that time, the skills of the builder will either get better, or begin to decline, so the end result may not have consistent quality!      My own preference is to build lots of models in much shorter time (weeks rather than years), but make each one better than the last.    But  I have yet to find anyone who agrees with me on this!    
    Bob         
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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Moab in Latest Drawing   
    My latest sail plan drawing, completed today.
    Bob
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Moab in Small steel barquentine   
    Small steel barquentine.   20 feet to 1 inch.   White-hulled ships are not very photogenic.
    Bob
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Moab in Topsail schooner Ann - 1852   
    British topsail schooner Ann, 1852.     Bob

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Moab in Small topsail schooner   
    All ready for sea.
    Bob
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Moab in Wool clipper Cromartyshire   
    Wool clipper Cromartyshire - 32 feet to 1 inch - Scartchbuilt miniatire - Bob
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Moab in Pass of Brander   
    Pass of Brander - 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384).    Bob  
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Moab in Tiny deadeyes   
    I have now set and rigged the four jibs.    This took about 1 hour 30 minutes, but just as I was putting one of the last blocks on, I accidentally knocked it over.    This damaged all the standing rigging under the bowsprit and jibboom.    The only solution was to rip it all off, and re-rig it, as wire, once bent, cannot be straightened when it is glued in position on a model.   This took a further ten minutes to get the model into the condition shown below.   That is enough for today, and I will do a bit of drawing this afternoon.    Day off tomorrow, and on Wednesday, I hope to fit the mainmast,  then set and rig the mainsail and gaff topsail.
    Bob
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Moab in Tiny deadeyes   
    At last, got a bright sunny day for a better photograph!     Nearly finished now, as the rigging is the easiest part.
    Bob
     
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Moab in Tiny deadeyes   
    I have now put eight sets of tiny deadeyes on a small topsail schooner.
    Bob
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from James w rogers in Flop!   
    I have been so overwhelmed with orders, I had to stop taking them!   Anything I build these days, sells immediately!   My latest book -
     
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from James w rogers in Coronavirus around the world.   
    There are a lot of positive things about it as well.   The death rate is very low.     The air in China is already far cleaner than it has been for years, and their health is increasing rapidly.   Air travel has been cut by 75% and  that has taken a consdiearble amount of pollution out of the atmosphere.   Same with automobiles - cities with  streets practically devoid of petrol fumes.    There will be fewer traffic accidents.     This may terrify some, but it is of tremendous benefit to the envoirnment.     I am in the "higher risk" category, (age 76) but I am more than happy to see all thse polluting activities severely curtailed.     I am confident that the removal of pollution on a big scale will very quickly bring about recovery of the world's health (after all, it is respiratory)  - and  then they can all go back to polluting again!😟    
    Bob
     
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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Onni in Coronavirus around the world.   
    There are a lot of positive things about it as well.   The death rate is very low.     The air in China is already far cleaner than it has been for years, and their health is increasing rapidly.   Air travel has been cut by 75% and  that has taken a consdiearble amount of pollution out of the atmosphere.   Same with automobiles - cities with  streets practically devoid of petrol fumes.    There will be fewer traffic accidents.     This may terrify some, but it is of tremendous benefit to the envoirnment.     I am in the "higher risk" category, (age 76) but I am more than happy to see all thse polluting activities severely curtailed.     I am confident that the removal of pollution on a big scale will very quickly bring about recovery of the world's health (after all, it is respiratory)  - and  then they can all go back to polluting again!😟    
    Bob
     
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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from exwafoo in Coronavirus around the world.   
    There are a lot of positive things about it as well.   The death rate is very low.     The air in China is already far cleaner than it has been for years, and their health is increasing rapidly.   Air travel has been cut by 75% and  that has taken a consdiearble amount of pollution out of the atmosphere.   Same with automobiles - cities with  streets practically devoid of petrol fumes.    There will be fewer traffic accidents.     This may terrify some, but it is of tremendous benefit to the envoirnment.     I am in the "higher risk" category, (age 76) but I am more than happy to see all thse polluting activities severely curtailed.     I am confident that the removal of pollution on a big scale will very quickly bring about recovery of the world's health (after all, it is respiratory)  - and  then they can all go back to polluting again!😟    
    Bob
     
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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Bernard Kelly in Coronavirus around the world.   
    There are a lot of positive things about it as well.   The death rate is very low.     The air in China is already far cleaner than it has been for years, and their health is increasing rapidly.   Air travel has been cut by 75% and  that has taken a consdiearble amount of pollution out of the atmosphere.   Same with automobiles - cities with  streets practically devoid of petrol fumes.    There will be fewer traffic accidents.     This may terrify some, but it is of tremendous benefit to the envoirnment.     I am in the "higher risk" category, (age 76) but I am more than happy to see all thse polluting activities severely curtailed.     I am confident that the removal of pollution on a big scale will very quickly bring about recovery of the world's health (after all, it is respiratory)  - and  then they can all go back to polluting again!😟    
    Bob
     
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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Donald in Tiny deadeyes   
    I made 33 of these this morning - too 36 minutes in total.
    Bob
     

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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from James w rogers in How did you get hooked and who inspired you?   
    It is something that I never got hooked on!      I am OK with making miniatures in conventional cases, but the thought of the added work and patience that is required to make them fold down and up again really puts me off!     For many years, I have been committed 100% to rigging in wire, and that could never be made to fold down and up again, so I am just an admirer of the work others do in the SIB field.
    Bob
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    Shipbuilder got a reaction from Bruce Foxworthy in Steel barque Berwick Law   
    Here is a very small model of the Berwick Law under full sail.   This was built to the much smaller scale of 50 feet to 1 inch and only took about 24 hours to build, spread over a few days.     I didn't bother with ratlines at all, but it is not really noticeable.     The upper spars are a bit too thick, but an attractive model nevertheless!
    I know a lot of you work to much smaller scales than this, but 50 feet to 1 inch (1:600) is about my limit for miniatures.    I have tried smaller scales, but without much success!
    Bob


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